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The gritty South African-set thriller "Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema" is now available from Anchor Bay Entertainment, written/directed by Ralph Ziman, starring Rapaulana Seiphemo, Robert Hobbs, Kenneth Nkosi, Eugene Khumbanyiwa and Louise Saint-Claire:
"...Inspired by true events, 'Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema" is an unflinching look into the crime and corruption of those struggling to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg, focusing on 'Lucky Kunene', a bright, inspiring teenager who is forced into a criminal life by those around him.
"By the time he reaches adulthood, Lucky has made a name for himself as a notorious criminal, feared by his enemies and praised by the locals who see him as a modern-day 'Robin Hood'. His high profile, earned by violently and illegeally overthrowing slumlords, attracts the attention of the police, while his evcition of junkies, crackheads and prostitutes, escalates tensions with the local drug lords..."
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- Michael Stevens
Director Ralph Ziman takes us behind-the-scenes of this amazing South African crime thriller
The amazing South African crime drama Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema is finally coming to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 28th. Directed by Ralph Ziman, this intense tale proves to be an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.
Compared to classics such as Scarface and Goodfellas, the movie follows young Lucky Kunene (Rapulana Seiphemo) who quickly graduates from small smash and grabs and petty crimes to more aggressive heists, such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. It's a provocative look at the fifteen-year dissolution of Apartheid, and it has resonated with audiences and critics across the globe. »
A look at what's new on DVD today:
"The Thin Red Line" (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
Released by Criterion Collection
No, you won't be getting the hours of deleted Adrien Brody or George Clooney footage from Malick's World War II epic, but this Criterion version is most certainly an upgrade from the previous bare-bones DVD edition with 14 minutes of outtakes, new interviews with Sean Penn and composer Hans Zimmer, among others from the cast and crew, an audio commentary with cinematographer John Toll, production designer Jack Fisk and producer Grant Hill and more.
"7 Days" (2010)
Directed by Daniel Grou
Released by Mpi Home Video
French Canadian horror author Patrick Senécal adapts his own novel to celluloid about a doctor (Claude Legault) who intercepts the man (Remy Girard) who raped and murdered his young daughter and turns the tables on him in a cabin in the woods. With a résumé including TV series like "Vampire High, »
- Stephen Saito
While comic-book non-hero Scott Pilgrim battles his heartthrob's evil exes in cinemas in Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Kick-Ass (2010, Universal, 15)
posits another bona-fide dweeb entering a colourfully costumed fantasy world on an extras-packed DVD. Snappily adapted from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's strip by screenwriter Jane Goldman and director Matthew Vaughn (who previously teamed up on the touching fantasy Stardust), this follows the misadventures of wannabe crime buster Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson), who becomes strangely immune to pain after getting his head very publicly kicked in. An overnight internet sensation, the hapless anti-hero soon finds himself outclassed by Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz), a firebrand young crime-fighter with a flick-knife, a filthy mouth, and a deadly way of dispatching bad guys learned from her fat-Batman father Big Daddy (Nic Cage, »
- Mark Kermode
Everyone loves a wedding, which is what makes it such a universal and relatable topic for a romantic comedy. From classic movies like My Best Friend's Wedding and The Wedding Singer to smash hits like Wedding Crashers and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, everybody understands the craziness that surrounds the big day. So it only makes sense that eventually there would be a movie from South Africa that would accurately represent the chaos that is associated with their ceremonies and customs. White Wedding, which opens in theaters on September 3rd, follows the story of a young groom (Kenneth Nkosi, District 9) and his best man (Rapulana Seiphemo, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema) who become lost on their way to the wedding and run into a young English doctor played by Jodie Whittaker (Venus). We recently had a chance to sit down with Nkosi and Seiphemo to discuss the new movie, their friendship »
Distributors tell us The Twilight Saga: Eclipse enjoyed the 'highest UK box office opening of 2010', but the picture is hazy
With an official UK opening of £13.76m, it's no surprise that the local distributor of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is trumpeting the result as a major success. The film has achieved the "highest UK box office opening of 2010", says a press release, and has "exceeded the opening of its predecessor, New Moon".
But you don't have to dig very deep to discover a more complicated picture. Eclipse's £13.76m opening includes £6.37m in previews from Saturday and Sunday 3-4 July. Strip those out, and the opening is a more modest £7.39m. That's not the biggest opening of the year, and nor is it better than the New Moon result.
Back in March, Alice In Wonderland debuted with £10.56m from a standard weekend of play, with no previews. And last November, »
- Charles Gant
Twenty-three years and three sequels after the original, the sub-Alien sci-fi movie at last gets a proper follow-up, and even if Brody barely has the bulk to fill one of Schwarzenegger's combat boots, this serves up the semi-guilty action pleasures you'd demand. Brody is one of a gang of random human badasses who wind up in a strange jungle and realise they're now training material for apprentice alien badasses. So who will survive to be the, er, worst ass?
Another teen-conquering exercise in sexless erotica, but at least there's an actual film around it this time. A new vampire threat and Bella's love triangle won't be enough to entice newcomers, but fans will enjoy the unconsummated fantasy thrills they crave. »
- Steve Rose
Cinematical's newest regular continues its look at things happening for UK film fans in a week packed with monster movies, football (not soccer) tournaments and 80s revivals. So without further ado, we continue our new column picking five film-related things with which to occupy your time if you're in the UK.
5. Witness South Africa's Darker Side
Indie pickings are slim this week, what with Twilight and Predators taking up screens, but there are plenty of monsters to be found in Gangsters' Paradise: Jerusalema, set amidst South Africa's criminal underworld. Ralph Ziman's film is rooted in cinema, with its characters taking cues from Heat and Scarface as they strike terror into the hearts of the population of Johannesburg. Based on the true story of shady boss Lucky Kunene, it's a fast paced and frenetic look at crime run rampant in post-Apartheid South Africa.
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- Joe Utichi
(Mike Mitchell, 2010, Us)
Like us, Shrek yearns for the good old days here, and – somewhat tellingly – the premise finds the green ogre trying to regain his former fearsome edge. Instead, he gets tricked into an alternate reality where he basically has to re-enact the first film all over again. In some ways, such familiarity is a strength as much as a weakness, and it's nice to see these characters again. Compared to the Toy Story trilogy, though, Shrek is merely The Flintstones to Pixar's Simpsons; fun enough, but really no match.
White Material (15)
(Claire Denis, 2009, Fra/Cam)
After the touchy-feely 35 Shots Of Rum, Denis switches to stronger medicine with a sparse evocation of wartorn west Africa. Huppert is a defiant colonial matriarch striving to keep her family and plantation together.
(Miles Watts, »
- Steve Rose, Damon Wise
Anchor Bay have just sent us this brand new hard hitting trailer for their new movie, Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema. Inspired by a true story, Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.
Check out the trailer below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.
- David Sztypuljak
This week on Film Weekly we talk to Jason Isaacs about his supporting role in Nick Whitfield's Skeletons, which took the top award at this year's Edinburgh film festival. Isaacs, entombed in his trailer on the set of the latest Harry Potter movie, tries to pin down the film – about a pair of psychic cleaners in a spot of bother.
Jason also reviews some of this week's other releases including Shrek Forever After, Claire Denis's latest film, White Material, starring Isabelle Huppert, Gallic romcom Heartbreaker, and Tom Dicillo's Doors documentary When You're Strange.
Jason SolomonsJason Phipps »
- Jason Solomons, Jason Phipps
Solitary Man expanded again and rose to the top of the limited release heap. Foreign movies The Secret in Their Eyes and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo showed few signs of fatigue, while new releases Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Winter's Bone got off to above average starts. Increasing 31 locations to 53, Solitary Man was up 112 percent to $369,703. The Michael Douglas vehicle is expanding faster and with greater per theater averages than distributor Anchor Bay's recent limited hit City Island, indicating that the movie could be poised for a solid run this summer. Through its third weekend, Solitary Man has grossed $871,081. The Secret in Their Eyes and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continued to post decent returns, despite being in their ninth and 13th weekends, respectively. Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes dipped 13 percent, earning $347,925 for a total of $4.5 million. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
A gangster epic with a geopolitical twist, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema prefaces its portrait of a young man's rise in the criminal underworld with the assurance that the story was "inspired by real events." The picture was shot in South Africa and spans almost 15 years between post-apartheid and present day; the country's struggle for freedom and free enterprise informs much of the action. And yet there is a competing sense that the "real events" that served as inspiration occurred in a series of theaters in which writer/director Ralph Ziman took in the gangster canon, from Scarface to Shaft and all the way to Gomorrah. Al Capone is invoked early and often, hip hop-style, giving the mistaken impression that Ziman might not intend to play the genre's clichés absolutely, numbingly straight. »
If you head to the multiplex this weekend, you might think you stepped into a time machine with The A-Team and The Karate Kid being the two major releases. It seems unlikely that either film will break the cold spell that we've had at theatres so far this summer, but perhaps one of them will surprise us. If for some reason '80s nostalgia doesn't appeal to you, there are a few other choices in limited release including the IFC documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the bleak indie drama Winter's Bone and the South African crime flick Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, out just in time for the World Cup! Will any of these flicks be getting your hard-earned money this weekend? The A-Team  The Karate Kid  Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work  (limited) Winter's Bone  (limited) Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema  (limited) The Lottery  (limited) Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky  (limited)  http://www. »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire visionary directors of our time? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This June we profile Ralph Ziman who will see his third film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Houston on June 11th. Here's his Top 10 as of June 2010. - Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire visionary directors of our time? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This June we profile Ralph Ziman who will see his third film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Houston on June 11th via Anchor Bay Ent. »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire visionary directors of our time? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This June we profile Ralph Ziman who will see his third film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Houston on June 11th via Anchor Bay Ent. Here's his Top 10 as of June 2010. Apocalypse Now - Francis Ford Coppola (1979) "War is hell. Coppola’s masterpiece. Saw it when it came out. It was mind blowing." A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick (1971) "Stanley Kubrick at his best. Perverse, insane, and technically brilliant." Das Boot - Wolfgang Petersen (1981) "Made me understand how war affects the people who fight it. Claustrophobic and masterful. So cinematic, yet shot in such a small environment." Heat - »
Weekend Box Office
1Shrek Forever After$25.3 million2Get Him to the Greek$17.4 million3Killers$16.1 million4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$13.9 million5Sex and the City 2$12.6 million6Marmaduke$11.3 million7Iron Man 2$7.7 million8Splice$7.4 million9Robin Hood$5.1 million10Letters to Juliet$3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
The summer movie season continues to heat up with four new high profiles films, Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Marmaduke and Splice, all entering the box office race this weekend. However none of them seemed to be real competition for last weekend's box office champ, Shrek Forever After, as the DreamWorks animated film took the top spot for a third week in a row with an additional $25.3 million.
The forth installment of DreamWorks Animation's phenomenally successful Shrek series, was predicted to take the top spot this weekend with $29.6 million but instead earned around $25.3 million. The film, stars the returning voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy. »
We have a brand new exclusive clip from the powerful new film Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, which will arrive in theaters on June 11 in limited release. Click below to watch this exclusive clip from the film, which was directed by Ralph Ziman.
Exclusive: Anyone With Me, Raise Your Hands
Inspired by a true story, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.
Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune - hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements »
Director Ralph Ziman takes a fascinating look at violence in Johannesburg in this new urban gangster film
Writer/director Ralph Ziman's latest film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, which opens in theaters on June 11th is an intriguing and remarkable look at the violence and corruption that affects the most crime-infested district in Johannesburg. The film follows the rise and fall of South African gangster Lucky Kunene (Rapulana Seiphemo) who eventually graduates from petty crime to more aggressive heists like armed robbery and carjacking. In order to realize his dream of a house by the sea, Lucky hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by convincing the tenants to let him hold their rent hostage from the landlords. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the police, as well as escalating a war between local drug lords. Things get »
It was a matter of time before someone invented Sollywood, but making only positive films is an artistic straitjacket
There's Hollywood, and Bollywood, and Nollywood (Nigeria's nascent film industry), so perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone invented Sollywood. This is the name of what aspires to be a new movement in film-making in South Africa.
The Sollywood website sets out an agenda that includes: making films on topics important to the South African community, making movies that end on a positive note for the community and the African people and, in capital letters, "Make Africans Feel Good About Being Africans".
Last week I caught the first Sollywood offering, Ingxoxo: The Negotiation – a romantic comedy but not as Richard Curtis would know it. The plot turns on the African custom of lobola, in which the family of a bride is compensated for her loss with a payment, »
- David Smith
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